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Construction on the 4,500-square-foot Dana Cultural Center, in Nipomo, which is under construction in this 2017 photo, is now finished. 

Len Wood, Staff

DANA is holding a tree planting ceremony with the support of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The event will take place on Sunday, May 20, to celebrate the grand opening of the DANA Adobe Cultural Center, the newest nature education facility on the Central Coast.

The tree planting will start at 11 a.m. and last until noon, which will then be followed by the annual NatureFest being held at DANA. The public is invited to join in planting trees in honor of California Arbor week and DANA’s grand opening.

“We’re excited to finally be opening the Cultural Center,” said Marina Washburn, Executive Director of DANA. “Since one of the main goals of the DANA Adobe Cultural Center is educating the public on the importance of nature and environmental stewardship, we feel that planting native trees is the perfect way to celebrate its grand opening.”

“Arbor Week is a celebration of the coming of spring, honoring the importance of trees for Californians,” said Cindy Blain, executive director of California ReLeaf. “Yet trees are more than a celebration: urban trees are absolutely critical to the health of our families and communities – as demonstrated by the rapidly growing body of research.”

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DANA’s mission is to engage visitors with stories of California’s Rancho Era, connecting them with the people, the land, and its resources, fostering environmental stewardship and cultural understanding. For more information, visit www.danaadobe.org.

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